When They Ring the Golden Bells Lyrics

Natalie Merchant


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Natalie A Merchant
album: Track 11 in album Ophelia
release date: 1998-5-19
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length: 9:34
arranger: Gavin Bryars
conductor: Gavin Bryars
engineer: Rupert Coulson, Todd Vos
assistant engineer: Ricky Graham
drums: Peter Yanowitz
electric guitar: Don Peris
viola da gamba: Susanna Pell, Wendy Gillespie, Julia Hodgson, Richard Campbell
theorbo: Christopher Wilson
tenor recorder: Pamela Thorby
double bass: William Hunt
bass guitar: Graham Maby
acoustic guitar: Karen Peris
mix: Jim Scott
assistant mix: Mike Scotella
performer: Fretwork
vocal: Natalie Merchant, Karen Peris
composer: Natalie Merchant
lyricist: Natalie Merchant
writer: Dion de Marbelle

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There’s a land beyond the river
that they call the sweet forever
and we’ll only reach that shore
by Faith’s decree
one by one we’ll gain the portals
there to dwell with the immortals
when they ring the golden bells for you and me

don’t you hear the bells now ringing
don’t you hear the angels singing
to say glory hallelujah
to believe
in the far off sweet forever
just beyond the shining river
when they ring the golden bells for you and me

we shall know no sin or sorrow
in that river of tomorrow
when our hearts shall sail beyond our silvery sea
we shall only know the blessing
of our fathers sweet caressing
when they ring the golden bells for you and me

don’t you hear the bells now ringing
don’t you hear the angels singing
to say glory hallelujah
to Believe
in the far off sweet forever
just beyond the shining river
when they ring the golden bells for you and me

when our days shall know their number
when in death we sweetly slumber
when the king commands the spirit to be free
never more with anguish laden
we shall reach that lovely Eden
when they ring the golden bells for you and me
when they ring the golden bells for you and me


Track Listing

  • 1 Ophelia
  • 2 Life Is Sweet
  • 3 Kind & Generous
  • 4 Frozen Charlotte
  • 5 My Skin
  • 6 Break Your Heart
  • 7 King of May
  • 8 Thick as Thieves
  • 9 Effigy
  • 10 The Living
  • 11 When They Ring the Golden Bells